Chef Roblé (Roblé Ali)
Guest List Should Read: Sous Swerve
I.D. Please: Owner of Chef Roblé & Co., Reality TV star of Bravo’s Chef Roblé & Co.; 27
VIP Status: Any kitchen floor that Ali graces should come lined with red carpet. Abandoning caloric concerns and slapping savory eats on eats has attracted celebrities of all tiers (Nicholson, Depp, West) to the Poughkeepsie, N.Y., native’s cuisine creations (even President Obama has sampled his roasted pheasant). Though he cooked couture for exclusive socialite eateries like Abigail Kirsch, Mojo and Avenue, his catering company Chef Roblé & Co. turned him prime time.
“My approach to cooking is just put a bunch of stuff that tastes good all on top of each other and it’s going to taste good,” says Ali. “When I was like 10, my sisters would do my chores for me if I would make them a breakfast sandwich. I would do a bagel, egg, cheese, a little bit of jelly, turkey ham and cream cheese—just decadence!”
Invited By: Chris Santos (Executive Chef of Beauty & Essex): “Roblé is one of those chefs that’s not by the books. His personality comes through in his food with bright pops of flavor. His food tends to be simple in up-scaled versions,
like my own.”
Arrival: “It’s hard to get clients, especially being younger and blacker than your competition. But I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to start my catering company, and I want to have it on television,’” says Ali. “I don’t have investors; I didn’t get a loan from the bank. I put my money into it, my blood, sweat and tears.
And it worked out.”
Plus 1: Angelo Sosa
“Sosa is really good. He has a couple of places in New York, like Social Eatz. He was actually on Top Chef and Top Chef All Stars.”